Pennsylvania is one of the most gorgeous states in the country. From its forests, to its mountains, waterfalls, caves, streams, fields, and lakes, our state seems to have it all. (Except maybe rainforests. Or deserts. Or tundra. Ok, maybe not EVERYTHING.) Of course, there are some crowning glories of Pennsylvania’s landscape. Here are the best natural wonders in Pennsylvania.
1. Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania
Formally known as Pine Creek Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania is a popular destination for hikers and anyone who adores jaw-dropping views. Who said you had to travel to the West for such a dramatic vista?
2. Cherry Springs State Park
Cherry Springs State Park has some of the darkest skies on the Eastern side of the country, making it a huge destination for astronomers and diehard romantics alike.
3. Susquehanna River
The Susquehanna River is, at 444 miles long, the longest river on the east coast of the United States and the 16th longest in the country. Needless to say, it's a major destination throughout Pennsylvania for kayaking, rafting, fishing, swimming, and just relaxing.
4. Penn's Cave
Penn's Cave is 1,300 long and requires visitors to partake in a boating excursion through subterranean chambers. Its unique limestone formations are unlike anything else you've ever seen.
5. Glen Onoko Falls
Beware if you decide to visit Glen Onoko Falls, because many hikers have fallen here on tricky trails. The many waterfalls are amazing views from the mountain make for one of the most amazing natural wonders in the state.
6. Lake Erie
Pennsylvania enjoys seven miles of beautiful coastline along Lake Erie in Presque Isle Park.
7. Ringing Rocks
Ringing Rocks Park in Bucks County is one of the most intriguing natural wonders in the state. If you use a hammer or other hard object to knock on the rocks, they emit a ringing sound like a bell. How bizarre!
8. Monongahela River
The Monongahela River is one of the longest north-flowing rivers in the country! Like the Nile in Egypt, it's one of the rare rivers that flows north rather than south.
9. Bushkill Falls
Bushkill Falls is colloquially known as the Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania due to its amazing waterfalls. There's an admission price, be warned, though it is well-worth the visit!
10. Hawk Mountain
Hawk Mountain is perfectly situated in the path of migratory birds, mostly hawks. It's a destination for hikers and bird enthusiasts alike, with popular spots such as Bake Oven Knob.